Health Educator
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Health and Safety


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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

The Health Educator will work on a research study in the Division of General Pediatrics called the First Heroes program. The First Heroes program is a new initiative aimed at improving the overall wellbeing of the mother-father-infant triad through specifically engaging and supporting new parents during pregnancy and the first year of their child's life. The Health Educator will assist in program delivery and evaluation through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) trial, examining the effects of participation in the new parent intervention vs. the current obstetric and pediatric primary care on perinatal and obesity-related outcomes. The specific goals of the study are to (1) strengthen engagement in pregnancy and parenting, (2) reduce parents' obesity-related health behaviors, and (3) address parents' social determinants of health during the perinatal period.

The Health Educator will be responsible for delivering the program curriculum, conducting one-on-one health coaching sessions with parents by phone/videoconference, and supporting the participants of the research program. Coaching calls will focus on addressing family health behaviors, behavioral recommendations, and connecting parents to local community resources to support behavior change and social determinants of health. In addition to coaching, the Health Educator will assist in the maintenance of evidence-based health coaching scripts and educational content in a variety of formats (booklets, posters, text messages, video, etc.). The Health Educator will work as part of a collaborative team within the Division of General Pediatrics. The project team will include the study's Principal and Co-investigators, a Project Manager, and Clinical Research Coordinators. The Health Educator will report to the Project Manager of the First Heroes program.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with the maintenance of intervention materials, including health education scripts and materials.
  • Carefully follows study protocols and scripts.
  • Conducts coaching calls/videoconference and visits with patients to encourage health behavior change using motivational interviewing-style counseling.
  • Prepares study mailings and coordinates visit schedules.
  • Monitors participant visit completion rates and reports to managers as requested.
  • Serves as resource for parents during the course of the intervention.
  • Performs reference searches in print and electronic media.
  • Maintains current knowledge base on relevant health issues.
  • Reviews data for quality assurance, descriptive statistics and manuscripts, as required.
  • Assists with writing reports and manuscripts detailing research findings.
  • Maintains a positive and accommodating relationship with study team, health center staff, and patients.
  • Works with senior level staff to negotiate/implement/monitor research protocols.
  • Attends study team meetings and trainings as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Qualifications
    SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

    • Knowledge of behavior change models and counseling, and familiarity with motivational interviewing is preferred.
    • Ability to conduct reference and literature searches.
    • Ability to act independently and with good judgment.
    • Ability to build trust and maintain confidentiality with diverse populations.
    • Ability to identify and follow through on project issues and use initiative.
    • Excellent professional, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
    • Proficiency of various software packages, including Zoom, Microsoft Office, and other desktop tools.
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    General office environment. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

    EDUCATION:

    BA/BS Required in related field.

    Master's degree in related field preferred.

    EXPERIENCE:

    Minimum of 1-3 years of directly related experience required

    Experience in health education, nutrition and physical activity preferred

    EEO Statement
    Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


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